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Johnstown council makes appointments

August 26, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Common Council made two personnel appointments this week, including the hiring of a new deputy city engineer.

The council appointed Jason Scott of Reidel Road in Perth to the deputy city engineer position. He is serving under City Engineer Chandra Cotter, helping to run the city Department of Public Works based at City Hall.

The selection followed a recent recommendation of Scott by Mayor Sarah Slingerland. The city had about eight applicants for the position, which pays about $52,000 annually.

Scott's prior experience includes working as an engineer for the Department of Public Works of the town of Andover, Mass. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He replaces Kevin Jones, who served in the deputy engineer position for five years before he was hired as director of the Gloversville Department of Public Works in May.

In other personnel action, the Johnstown Common Council appointed Lori Salamack of 606 S. William St. to an unpaid position on the city Planning Board. She will serve a term that expires March 31, 2014.

Salamack, daughter-in-law of the late Councilman-at-Large Joseph Salamack, will fill the seat of longtime Planning Board member Ruth B. White, who died June 28.

Slingerland said the city was lucky to have Lori Salamack serve on the volunteer board because she has extensive professional planning experience from when she lived in California. She holds a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

"I think this is absolutely a great appointment," said 2nd Ward Supervisor Chris Foss.

First Ward Councilwoman Cindy Lakata thanked Salamack for serving the city.

The council also appointed the following as commissioners of deeds, with terms to expire Jan. 14: Catherine Cole, Marcia Thomas, Joy E. Halpin and June H. Briggs.

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